Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (NEW Trailer)

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within is a feature length documentary which invites the viewer to rediscover an enchanted cosmos in the modern world by awakening to the divine within.

The film examines the re-emergence of archaic techniques of ecstacy in the modern world by weaving a synthesis of ecological and evolutionary awareness,electronic dance culture, and the current pharmacological re-evaluation of entheogenic compounds. Within a narrative framework that imagines consciousness itself to be evolving, Entheogen documents the emergence of techno-shamanism in the post-modern world that frames the following questions:

* How can a renewal of ancient initiatory rites of passage alleviate our ecological crisis?

*What do trance dancing and festivals celebrating unbridled artistic expression speak to in our collective psyche?

*How do we re-invent ourselves in a disenchanted world from which God has long ago withdrawn? Entheogen invites the viewer to consider that the answers to these questions lie within the consciousness of each and every human being, and are accessible if only we give ourselves permission to awaken to the divine within.

Stan Grof, Marilyn Schlitz, Ralph Metzner, Alex Grey, Terrence McKenna, John Markoff, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Kat Harrison among others, postulate how the disenchantment of the modern world may be remedied by summoning the courage to take the next leap in the evolution of planetary consciousness.

“The Reality of Truth” Documentary Examines Perception and Reality

“The Reality of Truth,” is a new documentary set for release this summer, created by Mike “Zappy” Zapolin and Deepak Chopra. The film identifies the perception problem plaguing society today, and analyzes specific techniques to break through to a new reality—one that is more peaceful, tolerant and, when looked at properly, amusing, according to the creators.

“Transcendence is the key to taking off the filters that separate and blind us, so that we can see things as they actually exist,” said Zapolin. “There are many techniques people use to transcend—meditation, prayer, dance, music, even psychedelics—and for this film we set out to explore the effectiveness of these different techniques.”

Highly controversial in nature, “The Reality of Truth” introduces audiences to the modalities people have used throughout history to transcend into an alternate reality, and suggests these techniques may be the breakthrough humankind needs to move into the future.

Conversations include a panel discussion with Dr. John Hagelin, PhD and Fred Travis, faculty members of the Maharishi University of Management, and Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of New York Times Bestseller “Transcendence.” The panel was held in Fairfield, Iowa, where thousands of people in the transcendental meditation community meditate together each day. The team also traveled to Maui to speak with legendary spiritual leader Ram Dass, who was with Timothy Leary during his infamous Harvard experiments.

“The Judeo-Christian religions, Vedic traditions, and Shamanistic rituals all incorporate techniques for transcending,” said Zapolin. “In the history of mankind, we have tenaciously sought out gateways to spirituality and found them in meditation, prayer and the consumption of natural substances.”

Some of the plants that have documented transcending capabilities, according to the film, are: ayahuasca, a giant vine native to South America, noted for its psychotropic properties; ibogaine, a hallucinogenic compound derived from the roots of a West African shrub, sometimes used as a treatment for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine addiction; the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin found in certain mushrooms, especially liberty caps (aka magic mushrooms); and marijuana.

“One of the more provocative scenes of the film documents me with actress Michelle Rodriguez and MacMillan Publishing’s Dan MacMillan participating in a life-changing ayahuasca ceremony with a shaman. It was a mind-blowing experience that I think audiences will truly appreciate,” said Zapolin.

“The Reality of Truth” is being produced by Kurt Engfehr, who co-produced “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911.” The film includes interviews with Marianne Williamson; Ram Dass; John Hagelin, PhD; Bruce H Lipton, PhD; Foster Gamble (who recently released the documentary “Thrive”); Charles Grob, MD; Peter Coyote; Lior Suchard; and Ravi Zacharai. Executive producer is Wall Street icon and just capitalist Peter Janssen.

Chögyam Trungpa – Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – A Book Review / Video Clip (updated April 5, 2012)

It was way back in the 1970s during my initial interest and pursuit in Tibetan Buddhism that I came across in a magazine featuring this book “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism ” by Chogyam Trungpa. It was mentioned that this book could be obtained as a complimentary copy just by writing in and requesting for the free copy. So out of sheer curiosity I wrote in and requested for the free copy of the book.

To my utter surprise and joy,a few weeks later the book arrived at my doorstep. It was the first edition, I believe, when the book was published in 1973, and the book cover was golden yellow in color. Hence the ‘sentimental’ reason for choosing this edition to be posted in the blog. Later on, there were several reprints and updated editions as can be gleaned from the internet.

Unfortunately through the passage of time some 30 over years down the road, this book was misplaced or someone could have borrowed it or it could still be in my stack of boxes of books hidden somewhere after shifting of numerous residences.

The now classic Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is the record of two series of lectures given by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s. “First discussed are the various ways in which people involve themselves in spiritual materialism, the many forms of self-deception into which aspirants may fall. After this tour of the sidetracks along the way, the broad outlines of the true spiritual path are discussed.

The approach presented is a classical Buddhist one-not in a formal sense, but in the sense of presenting the heart of the Buddhist approach to spirituality. Although the Buddhist way is not theistic, it does not contradict the theistic disciplines. Rather the differences between the ways are a matter of emphasis and method. The basic problems of spiritual materialism are common to all spiritual disciplines.”

In an open forum, The Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, (1939-1987) discusses a society guided by the principles of wisdom and compassion. He was a pioneer in bringing the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to North America, Europe and in 1976 introduced Shambhala.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM 2

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